Miserable weather doesn't have to equal miserable dinners...
Whether it's baking chocolate chip cookies, staying in your pyjamas all day long or cocooning on the couch in front of Netflix – we all need an extra boost of comfort in these unprecedented times.
There's just something about eating warm, tasty food that puts your mind at ease and conjures up memories of simpler times. It's doesn't matter what you're craving — chicken noodle soup, baked rigatoni or even just a simple cheese toastie – nothing beats a savoury, salty, gooey dish during tough times.
Thankfully, you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen to create your favourite dishes for dinner. There are lots of quick and easy versions of your favourite comfort food recipes that provide all the flavour and warmth without slaving away in the kitchen.
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So grab your apron and get cooking because each of the five dishes below are essentially just hugs in a bowl.
Sri Lankan Cashew Curry
The new normal of this pandemic has started to settle around us so we're returning to our old habits of meal prep. This is an ideal recipe to prep ahead of time and packs a serious serving of veggies, so you can enjoy a healthy dinner before indulging in the cookies from below. Get this curry recipe here.
chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are deeply personal. Everyone has an opinion on what it takes to make the very best, but when it comes right down to it, no one can resist a plate of freshly baked ones, no matter their texture or chocolate chip to dough ratio. So with a potential second lockdown looming, give this classic chocolate chip cookies recipe from The Hibernian Hotel Mallow a try. Get the recipe, here.
A cottage pie is the epitome of homely comfort food. But given the dish's simplicity, it's often a recipe so many fail to master. It almost always comes down to one ingredient in the dish that makes or breaks it and that’s the potatoes. The key to a well-made cottage pie is to make superb mashed potatoes to top the meat mixture. If the potatoes aren’t great then the dish just falls short. Get the recipe here.
CARROT AND GINGER SOUP
Let’s be honest here: we can all use a little brain boost from time to time. The days are long and busy ― it’s easy to feel mentally fried. We have a little secret to share with you. Ginger, the delightfully spicy root, is just what you need. Give yourself a well-needed health kick in the form of this delicious and comforting carrot and ginger soup. Get the recipe, here.
Apple Tart with Cullahill Pastry
There's nothing quite like the smell of an apple tart baking in the oven—sweet fruit, warm spices, buttery crust. But even better than smelling it? Eating it. This recipe is a family favourite of the O'Connell's from Cullahill, Co. Laois. It is their mum's recipe for which she was famous for, with them and neighbours, hence the name. The pastry uses the creaming method to give it a more scone-like texture and it is so well-loved that it is now taught in Ballymaloe Cookery School by Darina and Rory. Get the recipe, here.
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